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Same-Sex Marriage Approval Ratings

gay_-wedding_cake[1]Surprise! Approval of same-sex marriage has risen sharply among Americans in just a few years–according to one poll, from 41% in favor in 2004 to nearly 60% now. Surprise!

Some surprise. The same media trumpeting this change lately worked hard to bring it about. Major sectors of the communication industry, both news and entertainment, have served as advocates for same-sex marriage, and the present situation reflects their handiwork. Don’t be bashful, guys, stand up and take the credit you deserve.

In fairness to the media, most of them undoubtedly think that backing gay marriage is a good thing to do. When moral consensus breaks down in a society, as it has in America today, people’s built-in impulse to organize life in moral categories moves them to seek new objects of moral concern. Thus we get things like the attempt to ban over-sized soft drink containers by decree. For Americans egged on by media, the legalization of same-sex marriage is another, less risible instance of the same thing.

The media didn’t act alone. Judges, educators, and clergy programmed by ideology have joined politicians prompted by expediency to do their bit. But the media have been the loudest mouthpieces for gay marriage–shock troops of the culture war, promoting the cause relentlessly.

Preceded by a barrage of coverage and commentary lecturing it on what it should do, the U.S. Supreme Court during Holy Week heard oral arguments in two gay marriage cases. Its decision will come in late June.

While it would be hazardous to predict the result, no one will be tremendously surprised if the justices take a states’ rights approach–upholding California’s Proposition 8 banning gay marriage in that state but overturning the Defense of Marriage Act that recognizes only man-woman unions as marriages for purposes of federal law.

No matter how these cases turn out, that plainly will not be the end of it. Since the Supreme Court is unlikely, at least for the moment, to discover in the Constitution a fundamental right for homosexual couples to marry, pressuring the court to do so will become a priority for gay rights activists and their media friends.  If President Obama gets to name one or two more justices to the court, it could happen in just a few years.

One reason gay rights groups and the media have made such progress lately can be found in the failure of traditional marriage supporters to offer a compelling account of the threat that recognizing same-sex marriage poses to traditional marriage.

Statistics and everyday observation both underline the fact that marriage is in trouble in America today. Fewer and fewer Americans even bother to marry. Part of the cause is the widespread collapse of agreement on what marriage is.

The traditional understanding is this:  marriage is a monogamous, permanent relationship between a man and a woman, grounded in sexual complementarity and intended for the begetting and raising of children and the mutual love and support of the spouses. One or more essential elements of that definition are eradicated by society’s toleration of no-fault divorce, infidelity…and same-sex marriage.

This isn’t to say that all those who want to enter into such unions wish to undermine traditional marriage. Most are simply seeking what everyone seeks in marriage–happiness–and who can blame them for that? Natural human sympathy doesn’t justify equating an ersatz version of marriage with genuine marriage. If that isn’t deeply harmful to traditional marriage in these confused times, what in heaven’s name is?


Russell Shaw is a freelance writer from Washington, D.C.


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  • Excellent article, but you are missing an essential piece of the puzzle, once the begetting of children was removed from the marital act, by contraception then by IVF, the uniqueness of the complementarity of man and woman was destroyed. And marriage was no longer sacred in the eyes of society.

  • goral

    The media is just another arm of the democrat party. Were it not for their cheer leading we would not have the monkey on our backs for the next four years.
    The same media promotes pornography as a first amendment right.

    The findings are that the more men indulge in pornography, the more likely they
    are to support these reprobate unions.

    No surprise! Take another bow Candy Crowley.

  • Dennis

    I wonder if anyone else sees the irony of this gay “marriage” public opinion sea change. This same leftstream media that is so eager to trumpet opinion polls (when they coincide with their ideological agenda) are equally loathe to do the same when the “voice of the people” trends in the other direction. Such as public approval of abortion. Numerous opinion polls done over the past decade have shown a clear distaste for the procedure among American women. An overwhelming majority are in favor of tight restrictions on the practice, limiting its use to victims of rape or incest or if the mother’s life is in danger, no way endorsing the NARAL/PPFA position (happily trumpeted by the talking heads and liberal news bloggers) of abortion “on demand” at any stage of the pregnancy for any reason by a pregnant female at any age (parental rights be d*****d). Somehow the results of those polls never make it into the news let alone as the lead story. News is thy name. Hypocricy is thy game.

  • TheRightWay

    Wow..lots of hate spewing in this article. If ‘traditional’ America wants to be constructive on this topic..then start lobbying for a ‘no divorce’ amendment. Stop blaming media and everyone else for what’s going on with marriage. Wait! What?…you don’t think that would be fair to make divorce illegal ( given that 65+ % of ‘traditional’ Americans do it. Welcome to the rest of the minorities realities that have been oppressed on them by people reading this trash. Thank God, literally, these hateful ways are coming to an end soon.

  • Noel Fitzpatrick

    I agree with TheRightWay.

    On several occasions I have made the point, universally ignored, that the Catholic Church does not allow divorce. It condemns sex outside marriage. Decrees of nullity are fictions often to allow the Church to survive.

    So if we are honest our condemnations should not be only be against same-sex marriage, but also against divorce.

    Homosexual are created by God and he loves them.

    Same-sex marriage does not occur, as marriage is between a man and a woman, so getting excited about same sex marriage is a waste of time.